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Madonna's 'Frozen' Hits the Ice for Belgian Figure Skater's Olympics Routine

Belgium's Loena Hendrickx
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Belgium's Loena Hendrickx competes in the women's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Feb. 21, 2018.

In the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’ve seen an eclectic assortment of tunes soundtrack ice skating routines, with Olympians competing to music from Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Cabaret, Moulin Rouge! and more. During Tuesday (Feb. 20) night’s broadcast of the ladies’ short program, Belgian skater Loena Hendrickx turned to the Queen of Pop for her routine, skating to Madonna’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit “Frozen.”

Why? Because, you know, ice skating… ice...frozen. Get it?! And also, it’s just an incredible electronic ballad with a gorgeous, dramatic build. Unfortunately for Hendrickx, she missed one of her intended jumps, but on the upside, the artistry was top notch, with her nimble spin at the end of the song a highlight of her routine and the evening.

“I picked 'Frozen' by Madonna because it’s a powerful song," Hendrickx tells Billboard. "I wanted to try something different and with adding the uptempo remix I hoped I could entertain the audience. Madonna is also someone I look up to because of her strong personality and the goals she accomplished! She is an awesome example of girl power.” 

Madonna’s “Frozen” has a special significance in Belgium. In 2005, Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva won a plagiarism case against the song, which resulted in “Frozen" getting iced out -- you couldn’t sell or broadcast the Madonna hit in Belgium until 2014, when the ruling was overturned.

This Thursday (Feb. 22), the Ray of Light album that hosted “Frozen” will turn 20. Fun fact: Hendrickx, who is just 18, wasn’t even born when that classic LP dropped.


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